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. accepting gifts from a donor by the name of johnny williams, of star scientific, and he was apparently looking for promotion of his products. well, mcdonnell spoke to the press last night, denying the crime but admitting to some of the gifts. >> i come before you this evening as someone who has been falsely and wrongfully accused and whose public service has been wrongfully attacked. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i repeat, again, emphatically, that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. >> the best defense mcdonnell's team has appeared to have over the last six months is it was pressure from his wife that led the governor down this path. but the 43-page, 14-count indictment is a story of a couple that appears to be desperate to live above their means, and who found a sugar daddy in johnny williams. maureen mcdonnell wrote in an e-mail to an aide, we are broke, we have an unconscionable amount in cre
for accepting gifts from a virginia executive. johnny williams. but stresses he did nothing illegal. >> i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. >> the 43-page indictment details a story of a first couple deep in debt as the financial crisis was in full swing in 2009. that is when they met johnny williams, whose company sold a nutritional supplement that needed validation from the scientific community. now, in the 14 counts, prosecutors claim that in exchange for access to public health officials and promotion by the governor, the mcdonnells would get showered with a range of gifts from williams. now, those gifts included a rolex watch with an inscription reading "the 71st governor of virginia," access to a house and ferrari owned by williams, and a nearly $20,000 new york shopping spree through oscar de la renta, louis vuitton, and bergdorf goodman. the
wealthy businessmen and johnny williams. gifts they began soliciting before they set foot in the governor's mansion. the wife asked williams if he could foot the bill for an oscar de la renta dress. the first lady of virginia explained they had a cash flow problem. i need to talk to you about inaugural clothing budget. we are broke. this is inaugural is killing us. this was the first in a long line of requests sent to the mcdonnell's only private santa cla claus, johnny williams. april 13th, 2011, was a great day for maureen mcdonnell. he accompanied her to luxury stores in new york city. j.w. paid for the entire luxury shopping trip. what a trip it was! almost $11,000 spent at oscar de la renta. 6,000 at louis vitton. the governor received a cornucopia of luxury freebies. $25,000 for two of his daughter's weddings. a four day all expense paid trip to cape cod, yacht included. over $7,000 in golfing expenses. a $6,500 engraved rolex watch. and the use of mr. williams ferrari. cameron fry is so jealous. last night responding to the indictment or the delusionally long list of stuff he thoug
all along and he acknowledged making mistakes in accepting gifts from johnny williams. according to the washington post repeating he is emphatically that he did nothing illegal in exchange for those gifts, what he thought were personal gifts to him from johnny williams. he is pledging to fight this in court. latest turn of events in a high profile political scandal in the commonwealth of virginia. he just gave up the job on january 11. he is a new governor, one of the first things that terry mcauliffe did was to announce changes on gifts that members of his administration and future demonstrations could receive there in the state of virginia. >> what are we talking about, a bottle of champagne, golf clubs, a for ari? >> it is interesting that you mention a for ari because at one point bob mcdonald allegedly borrowed johnny williams for ari for a return trip home from a resort area back to the governor's mansion but it is a long list of things and it began as soon as he became governor. right around the time of the inauguration. his wife requested help in paying for her dress for
lifestyle. accepting all kinds of businesses and loans from johnny williams. williams company, star scientific, received special treatment from the state's highest elected official. >> the parent of receiving giftses and sustaining a lifestyle, that bothered me. we all get into this business and we think of it as being a sacrifice, that we sacrifice material goods. we sacrifice time and not make ourselves wealthy. >> the indictment details maureen asking for gifts and favors from johnny williams before her husband took office .z in an e-mail, she was broke from thousands of dollars on her credit card bill and needed williams to buy her a gown for the inauguration. but one of her husband's senior staff members put a stop to the purchase, calling it inappropriate. with the indictment comes a new sense of urgency for ethics reform. >> two and three minutes of what your bill does. >> today, lawmakers heard several proposals, but fairfax state senators and delegate, scott, who were the only lawmakers to ask for mcdonnell's resignation, say it never should have come to this. >> we should
-long investigation, centering on the relationship between the mcdonnells and this man, johnny r. williams sr., who is the ceo of a dietary supplement company called star scientific. the basics of the allegations are this. that williams gave the governor and his wife more than $140,000 in gifts in exchange for concrete actions by both the governor and his wife to promote star scientific. in fact, the list of cash and gifts, as stated in today's indictment, includes $140,850 including multiple cash payments, black louis vuitton shoes, white louis vuitton shoes, a rolex watch engraved with 71st governor of virginia, a blew armani jacket and two dresses. one pair of emilio rose earrings, two sets of golf clubs and two iphones. i'm reading you only part of the long list of gifts alleged in this complaint. by the time the scandal had reached its apex in 2013, governor mcdonnell issued a statement, apologizing, while contending that all the gifts were legal, and he announced repayment of $252,178 for one loan, and $783,000 for two additional loans. that did not stop the work of federal prosecutors, who t
came from. the chicken dinner was actually paid for by this guy, johnny williams, the ceo after virginia company called star scientific. star scientific is convinced that it has unlocked the health benefits of tobacco. they invented an anti-inflammatory tobacco-based pill called agnatabloc. they are based in virginia, the ceo is a well-connected rich guy also based in virginia, and the ceo apparently decided that they were the key to success of anatabloc and its active ingredients. the fact that they wanted those things for their own company and their own product, that's not criminal. it's not even irrational from the perspective of the tobacco pill company. but with the justice department now alleges in today's complaint, today 43-page, 14-count complaint. what the justice department alleges is criminal sb, is what happened between that ambitious company ceo and virginia governor bob mcdonnell. it wasn't just the $15,000 chicken dinner he paid for at the wedding. as documented in press reports over the last nine months and as alleged in the 43-page indictment today, the gifts a
received gifts and loans from one person, johnny william, a former ceo of star scientific, a manufacturer of dietary supplements. the money started to flow soon after 2009. according to an indictment, williams gave him and his wife free nights on his private jet, and shopping sprees worth tens of millions of dollars. williams even paid for the combat at thing at the governor's daughter's -- for the catering at the governor's daughter's wedding. in exchange, the indictment says the first couple performed on an an as-needed basis to obtain studies for star scientific projects. it wasn't that long ago that mcdonnell was considered a rising republican star, and possible candidate in 2016 for president. >> governor mcdonnell and his wife are scheduled to make their first appearance in federal court in richmond this friday. >>> virginia attorney general is congratulateing jennifer wekston for the 33rd senate district. she received 53% of the vote. republican john whitback earned 37%, and independence joe may claimed 10%. steve will serve out -- she will serve out of remaining of the term. that
governor and his wife are accused of accepting gifts, trips, and loans from johnny williams. documents indicate they were deep in credit card debt before the governors inauguration. and we're also learning about the alleged loot former governor mcdonell and his wife accepted in exchange for promoting williams medical company, star scientific. deborah, you have been looking at these documents. >> they are really interesting. the amount of stuff in here, it's like the stuff rap videos are made of. amazing. it is unbelievable. to get a really good idea of the depth of this, the greed allegedly involved in this, it seems that you really have to read that 42 page indictment. it is up on our website. what you need to know, if you are wondering what it costs to get the governor to promote your product, here are high end highlights. >> rolex's and designer clothes. it's all in this 42-page indictment. and while money and stock seem to be the most common currencies traded, it's the ferrari that might be remembered most. reportedly provided by johnny williams for the then governor and family's u
scientific and the companies former ceo, johnny williams. it's a quid pro quo scheme that is alleged here that the governor solicited all this money and in return, tried to help the struggling company star scientific, which is a former cigarette company making a nonfda approved supplement called anata block. they will be in court in richmond on friday to face charges. they could face 20 years in prison. i'm peggy fox reporting live in leesburg, back to you. >> i see that umbrella. a rockily road for the new rollout of affordable care act and exchange websites from the federal level on down. still to come, how maryland is working to address its problems. >> and from olympic security concerns to fallout from the fake sign language interpreter at nelson mandela's memorial. there are plenty of other stories to get to you. we'll take a look at your world in 90 seconds. >>> and here's a photo posted to our wusa9 facebook page. sharon rogers says, this is her dog, abby, enjoying the snow in petersburg, west virginia, why don't you >>> we have been telling you about problems with maryland's healt
to lead a lavish lifestyle. except in all kinds of gifts and loans from wealthy businessman, johnny williams. in return, williams company, star scientific, received special treatment from the state's highest elected official. >> the pattern of receiving gifts and sustaining a lifestyle, that bothered me. we all get into this business and we think of it as being a sacrifice that we sacrifice material goods. we sacrifice time and not make ourselves wealthy. >> the indictment details maureen asking for gifts and favors before her husband took office. in an e-mail she said she was broke from thousands of dollars on her credit card bill and needed williams to buy her a gown for the inauguration. but one of her husband's senior staff members put a stop to the purchase, calling it inappropriate. with the indictment comes a new sense of urgency for ethics reform. >> 2 or 3 minutes. >> today, lawmakers heard several proposals, but fairfax state senators and delegate, scott, who were the only lawmakers to ask for mcdonnell's resignation say it never should have come to this. >> we should not
,000-plus of gifts that they took or extorted from this businessman johnny williams, including a $15,000 shopping spree for mrs. mcdonnell in new york. a silver rolex from the governor. golf clubs, vacations. this was all allegedly to help this businessman johnny williams promote this sort of food supplement that the fda says is snake oil and has warned him about how he's selling the stuff. so this story has legs. this is a guy who was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. that's over. that's way over. >> he was also when president obama was first elected and gave his first speech, i believe his state of the union, it was this gentleman from virginia, the newly elected governor, that was the first one to step up and counter president obama when he was first elected. they had really high hopes for this guy to do something in the republican party and now this unfolds. the attorney has spoken for his wife and says she did nothing illegal. there's been no word on her husband's involvement in this. how big of a problem would this be for the state republicans and their im
businessman, johnny williams. in exchange, the mcdonells helped williams struggling company. >>> the women accused of killing two children and attempting to kill two others in a bizarre exorcism appeared in court today. >> sakia avery, the mother of the four children appeared separately on closed circuit tv to hear the charges against them. and gary ordered both held in jail until their next court appearance. the bizarre series of events issued her competency. >> recommend there be a forensic evaluation of miss avery immediately. >> sanford's case has been delayed while she changes lawyers. but likely to be a psychiatric evaluation there, too. >> it was the state's request she be transferred immediately to perkins hospital, forced to get an immediate evaluation. >> mccarthy laid out events that the two women murdered a one-year-old girl and two-year- old boy and tried to do the same to two older children. >> both defendants allege that the demon leapt from the body of the last child into miss avery and attacked sanford, who did suffer some fairly substantial injuries herself. >> in court,
of johnny williams ahead of scientific it all beginsen othe first page when you learn that the governor actually requested the use of johnny williams' private plane without ever having met him. and it went on from there and it's quite a dramatic tale. >> if he expected a gift in return and got a gift in return. >> there was a lot of give and take on whether or not the governor and his wife would grease the skids for university grant for virginia universities for this company to promote their product. >> rick, this was a big star in the republican party. >> that's right. he was part of this, actually chris christie elected on the same night of him in 2009. he was the guy that was maybe going to go all the way. potential presidential candidate on mitt romney's short list. if these allegations are true to throw it all away for something that is so small yet so big. so small because it's so petty, so big rolex, oscar did i lore did i live big while in the governor's office. >> although the indictment is a piece of paper and the grand jury can indict a ham sandwich it does make for an ugly r
that we violated federal law by accepting gifts and loans from johnny williams, the former ceo of star scientific. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation, border commission assignment, or any other official state benefit. i never promised or attempted to influence anyone to give mr. williams or his company any official state benefits. i did not try to hide or deceive anyone about my friendship with mr. williams. two independent and nonpolitical investigations have confirmed that mr. williams and star sci
the mcdonnells' rep with johnny williams. loans for tens of thousands of dollars, other things of value. a shopping trip in new york city at as core de la renta for a designer stress. louis vuitton, bergdorfgoodman, a check for one of the mcdonnells' daughters. a rolex watch. golfing trips. the list goes on and on of the things the government has searched were given to the mcdonnells allegedly in exchange for their help in promoting the star scientific company and its products, anderson. >> the governor says this was a case of poor judgment. he admits poor judgment in his relationship in accepting these things. but he says there is nothing illegal about it. >> right. he's always said bad judgment. he didn't break the law. his lawyers are already making that case. one example is a big luncheon for the company at the governor's company in august of 2011 which has been used to say the first couple was on the take. their lawyers in court papers are blaming a staffer, who organized that luncheon, because at the time, the staffer supposedly was leaving for a pr job. and according to the versi
violated federal law by accepting gifts and loans from johnny williams, the former ceo of star scientific. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation, border commission assignment, or any other official state benefit. i never promised or attempted to influence anyone to give mr. williams or his company any official state benefits. i did not try to hide or deceive anyone about my friendship with mr. williams. two independent and nonpolitical investigations have confirmed that mr. williams and star scientific rec
gifts and loans from johnny williams, the former ceo of star scientific. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation, border commission assignment, or any other official state benefit. i never promised or attempted to influence anyone to give mr. williams or his company any official state benefits. i did not try to hide or deceive anyone about my friendship with mr. williams. two independent and nonpolitical investigations have confirmed that mr. williams and star scientific received nothing from the state. and
in the company owned by this donor, this friend, whose name is johnny williams, and who owned a company that was a dietary supplement company. he was trying to get more state attention from it. he was trying to make sure that the governor's office could perhaps use his power to endorse the product, to encourage the state universities to do some research on it. that's what the allegation is, according to federal prosecutors. now, you know, this -- the list, as you said, is pretty long. and it looks pretty damning for the governor and the first lady. because according to what prosecutors are saying, you know, they were using its offices of the governor to essentially boost this company. and in return, they were getting money and loans and so on from this friend, johnny williams. >> yeah. and we'll see what happens. a lot of legal experts say it's not necessarily a slam dunk, this case. but we'll see what happens in the days, weeks and months to come. evan perez, thanks very much. >>> fireworks flying at the start of the syrian peace conference. we're going to tell you who was butting head
, 14-count indictment, e-mails from the governor and his wife with johnny williams, who's that former ceo of a company that was promoting a dietary supplement. they vacation the as his home, drove his ferrari, then got two loans, one for $50,000, the other for $15,000. bob mcdonald said it was friendship, but if you're a businessman, i guess the common sense question is, anna, if you're a voter, potentially future in a presidential campaign, don't you think that maybe they might expect something in return even if it's maybe not written down or spelled out? >> absolutely, and the thing where you're really wondering what happened and i'm sure the court case will go into is what the official acts were in terms of, you know, there was the ferrari, clothes, and he was also seated next to, you know, the governor's wife at different events or had certain meetings with different politicians and regulators in virginia, so that's where you get into the real kind of legal issues, not just the benefits of maybe having political donor where it's an actual political acts may have taken place. >> i
tracks in painstaking detail the relationship between the mcdonnells and johnnie williams, the former ceo of star scientific. prosecutors say by 2011, the first family had received more than $135,000 in gifts and loans from the businessman. in return, prosecutors alleged mcdonnell tried to promote a star scientific supplement. this was the e-mail just before mcdonnell's inauguration from maureen to williams. "i need to talk to you about inaugural clothing budget. i need answers and bob is screaming about the thousands i'm charging in credit card debt. we are broke." soon after the indictment reports there was a new york city shopping spree for the first lady. prosecutors write jw paid for the entire shopping trip at oscar de la renta, at louis vuitton, at bergdorf bergman. a rolex watch and rounds of golf for him and his sons. e-mails that read thanks so much for all your help with my family. your generous gift was most appreciated as well as the golf round tomorrow for the boys. >> when the gift giving scandal came to light last year, the governor repaid the loans, returned the gifts and
a businessman, johnny williams who wanted state help in promoting his line of dietary supplements made from tobacco. prosecutors say three years ago, mrs. mcdonnell asked him to take her shopping in new york, where he spent almost $20,000 buying her dresses by oscar de la renta and louis vuitton at high-end retailer bergdorf goodman. a month later, the government says, she asked williams to pay a $50,000 loan, saying the first couple was deeply in debt. and she asked williams, the businessman, to pay $15,000 to cover the catering at the wedding of their daughter cailin. the charges say, mcdonnell was persuaded to make a $50,000 loan to a business the governor co-owned. that's on top of golf outs, vacation trips, and a rolex watch, among other favors. mcdonnell has consistently denied helping the company. >> nothing has been done with regard to my relationship with mr. williams or his company, star scientific, to give any kind of special benefits to him or his company. >> reporter: tonight mcdonnell says he's done nothing wrong. >> i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange or the wh
donnells are indicted on a dozen federal corruption charges. they're all related to this man, johnny williams, a richmond-based businessman, who served as the ceo of star scientific, a former cigarette manufacturer that now sells tobacco-based dietary supplements. federal authorities allege the former governor and physicfirst accepted $154,000 in cash and gift ranging from golf equipment to private plane rides. the list includes shopping sprees for maureen at oscar de la renta, 15 grand in catering for the couple's daughter's wedding, family vacations at williams' summer home and a $6,500 rolex engraved watch, engraved with 71st governor of virginia. in return, mcdonnell is accused of using the power of his office to help the struggling star scientific by attending several events to boost the company's credibility. officials say he even used the governor's mansion for a launch party for a pill, not approved by the fda. however, mcdonnell denies any wrongdoing. >> while i deeply regret accepting the legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with int
's accused of illegally accepting gifts from the head of a dietary supplement maker named johnny williams. the governor who's term ended weeks ago apologized for what he called poor judgment and strongly be denied wrong doing. he insists the gifts he was given have been repaid with interest and were not meant as a way to curry favor. >> i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange what i believed was his personal friendship and generosity. >> prosecutors say mcdonald's kwief asked williams to take her on a shopping spree in new york. he spent $20,000 buying her designer dresses. she asked for a $50,000 loan and $15,000 to cover catering at her daughter's wedding. the charges say the former governor persuaded williams to make a $50,000 loan to a business coown on top of golf outings, vacations and a personally inscribed rolex watch. virginia lawmakers are speaking out. >> i certainly believe in the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. it's a sad day for the common weather. >> this is a good man. >> i'm not a lawyer, but i just have doubts as the strength of the federal case.
the head of a dietary supplements maker names johnny williams. the governor whose term ended weeks ago apologized for what he called poor judgment and strongly denied any wrongdoing. he insists the gifts have all been repaid with interest and that they were not ment as a way to curry favor. >> i did nothing illegal for mr. williams, in exchange for what i believe was personal friendship and generosity. >> all right. prosecutors say mcdonald's wife asked williams to take her on a shopping spree in new york three years ago. he spent almost $20,000 buying her designer dresses. the government says she also asked him for a $50,000 loan. and to pay $15,000 to cover catering at her daughter's wedding. the charges say the former governor persuaded williams to make a $50,000 loan to a business he co-owned. prosecutors say that's on top of golf outings, vacations and personally inscribed rolex watch. virginia lawmakers, well, they are speaking out. >> i'm certainly believing in the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. it is a sad day for the commonwealth. >> this is not a corrupt man. t
corruption charges. they're all related to this man that you see right there, johnny william. he is a richmond based firm who served as the ceo of star. they accepted more than $150,000 in cash and gifts ranging from golf equipment to private plane rides. the list goes on to include shopping sprees for the wife. $15,000 in catering for the couple's daughter's wedding held at the governor's mansion, family vacations at williams' itemer home with his 200,000 ferrari and $650 rolex engraved 71st governor of virginia. he is accused of using the power of the office to help the struggling star scientific by attending several events to boost the company's credibility. officials say he even used the governor's mansion for a lunch part. however, mcdonald denies any wrongdoing. >> while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing ill
. and johnny williams the head of star scientific. they say that mcdonnell accepted more than $130,000 of gifts and loans and golf trips from williams in exchange for using their power to promote star scientific business. in the environment today, the prosecutors released this e-mail that was sent from the former first lady to the senior staff member. i need to talk to you about inaugural clothing budget and i need answers, and bob is screaming about the thousands i'm charging up in credit card debt, and we are broke, and this the debt is killing us, and i need answers now. and they say that mcdonnell took more maureen mcdonnell to a shopping spree to oscar de la renta, and they also released this e-mail to bob mcdonnell from williams. thank you for the help to my family, and the generous gift was appreciated as well as the golf round to the boys. and the mcdonnells through a statement from the attorney said they returned all of the gifts and i have apologized for my poor judgment that i take full responsibility, but i say that i did nothing illegal with mr. william s f williams for what i beli
company called star scientific. the ceo's name is johnny williams. they used his name in order to enrich themselves. williams is alleged to have given tens and millions of dollars in value to get help from the government to advance and promote his products, jake. >> joe, we're talking about money, we're talking about clothes, trips. >> right. >> some of these accusations involved the wedding of the mcdonnell's daughter. right. >> remind us about that. >> right. his daughter had a wedding and it is alleged that the company paid for the waitering and other things of value which was a conspiracy so that star scientific would actually get its products promoted. so that's just one of many things. a designer dress bought in new york and golf trips in there as well as large loans. one loan mentioned in the indictment, around $50,000. of course, there's much more to this and we'll read it much more closely and get back to you when we have more details. >>> staggering news from a man who is potentially a vice president or presidential candidate at some point. thank you, joe johns? >>> when we com
johnny williams amounted to at least $165,000. with his family at his side, mcdonnell moments after the charges were announced. >> i come before you this evening as someone who has been falsely and wrongfully accused in his public service -- and his public service has been wrongfully attacked. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. >> prosecutors say the mcdonnells worked -- [indiscernible] -- to help jonny williams and his struggling firm which sold dietary supplements. he's the first governor to ever face federal charges. the charges. >> we do need to ensure there's more transparency and a clear he set of rules for all virginia elected officials. >> while former governor mcdonnell insists he did nothing wrong, prosecutors say the governor attended events on jonny williams' behalf, provided access to top state officials and allowed the state mansion to be used for a launch party for williams' company. they say they also accuse virginia's first lady of lying to investigators. >>> our
. the gifts and loans from the former ceo of star scientific, johnny william. there were indicted on 14 felony counts including wire fraud, conspiracy to obtain property, and making false statements. the former governor has denounced the charges. >> i come before you this evening as someone who is been falsely and wrongfully accused and who's public service has been wrongfully attacked. i will use every available resource and advocate that i have for as long as it takes to fight and prevail against these false allegations and the unjust overreach of the federal government. >> well, the worm has turned. he may be innocent. he may be an innocent man. that's a far cry from the bob mcdonnell that was in the news four years ago. mcdonnell was riding high and being touted as a potential presidential contender. now he's hoping to retire. joining me tonight, bob shrum and goldie taylor. what does this say about the republican party? christie has some issues right now that he has to deal through legally. you have this situation with mcdonnell. rand paul was using other people's material. the where does
for accepting these legal gifts and loans. >> gifts and loans from johnny williams, sr., a political donor who according to the indictment, took his wife shopping in new york city and later was seated at a political event next to the governor in april 2011. williams also provided a $50,000 loan to the mcdonnells in may 2011 and allowed the governor's family to stay at his vacation estate. >> his company was able to launch its signature product at an august launch at the governor's mansion, and an e-mail sent by maureen mcdonnell to a senior staffer saying, quote, i need answers and bob is screaming about the thousands i'm charging up in credit card debt. we are broke and have an unconscionable credit card debt already and this inauguration is killing us. among the $140,000 gifts are louis vuitton shoes, two gold dresses, two sets of golf clubs and a silver rolex watch engraved with 71st governor of virginia. part of mcdonnells' defense quoits the access report that tim keene received more than $186,000 in gifts and travel since 2001, including washington redskins tickets, cases of wine, and an
with the indictment in virginia, the mcdonnell's, a direct ee-mail from maureen mcdonnell to johnny williams talking about a shopping spree, until we see something like that with regard to bridge gate governor christie people will continue to give him a bit of a benefit of a doubt. >> let me bring you to another question i have. governor christie said he never asked, for example, bridget kelly, to explain why she sent the ee-mail saying time for traffic problems in fort lee. listen to this. >> i have not had conversation with bridget kelly since the e-mail came out. she was not given the opportunity to explain why she lied because it was so obvious she had. i am not interested in the explanation. >> a month earlier when christie announced the resignation of bill baroni claimed it was going on for months. >> i think at that they were at a very different point in the way the story was unfolding. at that point i think around the time baroni testified about the existence of the traffic study and people thought he did a good job witht that story. and the story had kind of subsided. part of the reason tha
and loans from the head of a indict tear supplement company johnny williams who wanted help promoting his products. at a news conference, mcdonnell said he did nothing illegal. >> i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation border commission assignment or any other official state benefit. and not one penny of taxpayer money went to him or to star scientific during our administration. not one penny. >> mcdonnell claims prosecutors are guilty of what he called unjust overreach. and says he'll be vicinity indicated at trial. >>> there's some new advice this morning for new jersey governor chris christie. focus on your state. republican former former virginia attorney general and gubernatorial candidate ken cuccinelli tells cnn's "crossfire" thinks christie should give up his role as chairman of the governors association and focus all of his attention on fixing his reputation at home. >> i think just from the perspective of
and they are corruption charges, they allege he accepted gifts, luxury travel, golf fees, a rolex from johnny williams, who is the head of a company called star scientific. they have a drug that, you know, mcdonnell hosted an event for as part of his governorship, and williams has been granted immunity in this case. together, he and his wife are facing up to 30 years in prison. >> williams supposedly giving the federal government information on the relationship and whether mcdonnell helped him with his business in exchange for these gifts. >> right. the indictment is detailed and the information they have, e-mails with the former first lady of virginia writing we are broke, so much credit card debt, we really need to get out of this. there's a lot of potentially difficult information there. >> mcdonnell is a former prosecutor, right. he knows the deal with the legalities here. from where you sit, what do you think the odds he goes to prison? this is decades, a lot of money in fines, what do you think is going to happen in the long run, obviously, you don't know how things are going to proceed. >> we'r
's alleged they illegally took gifts, vacations, and loans from johnny williams sr., the former ceo of star scientific, a company that makes dietary supplements. in return, he would allegedly get help marketing his product from mcdonnell. just four years ago mcdonnell burst on to the national political radar as the governor of virginia. that very same year, 2010, he was given the honor of delivering the republican response to the state of the union. he was someone republicans touted as their -- as a big part of their future. reportedly very close to becoming mitt romney's running mate in 2012. but it all came crashing down in a spectacular fashion. here is the indictment in the eastern district of virginia. the defendants robert mcdonnell and maureen mcdonnell. among the allegations, maureen mcdonnell asked williams to take her on a shopping trip to new york. he spent nearly $20,000 buying her dresses. she asked for a $50,000 loan and for $15,000 to help pay for remaining catering costs at their daughter's wedding. williams also paid for golf outings for mcdonnell and his family. they enjoy
johnny williams, a wealthy richmond businessman who wanted special treatment from the state government. mcdonnell denies the charges, and here is what he said just a short time ago. >> have i apologized for my poor judgment, and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind for me or from my administration. >> mcdonnell left office when his term ended earlier this month. he was succeeded by democrat terry mcauliffe. back to chris matthews and "hardball" after this. opened some credit cards in her name. checking her experian credit report and score allowed her to better address the issue...and move right in. experian. [ male announcer ] to truck guys, the truck is everything. and when you put them in charge of making an unbeatable truck, good things happen. this is the ram 1500. the 2014 motor trend truck
yesterday for illegally accepting thousands of dollars in gifts from johnny williams sr. he was a dietary supplement company south korceo. prosecutors show he had receipt for an illegal shopping spree for the first lady and got a rolex. >>> a live look at northeast washington. how things have changed since we first went live at 4:00 a.m. next. >>> and to good for traffic. the dangerous maneuver a cab driver pulled instead of waiting in snow delays. >>> plus, students enjoying the snow day off now. you will have to make it up later. >>> washington, good morning you to. straight ahead on the show, complete coverage of that massive snowstorm that has shattered records from washington to new england. and now we've got the ex-tremcold to deal with. our weather dream team of al roker, sam champion, and dylan dreyer have it covered. >>> ahead, do you know the right way to hitch a trailer to your car? a "rossen reports" investigation shows a potentially deadly hazard on the roads. >>> then using selfies to redefine beauty. we'll talk to the oscar winner behi a powerful new documentary challenging
of dollars in gifts from johnny williams sr., the former ceo of a dietary supplement company. domenico joins us with more on the former governor's response. and this timing surprise you at all for this -- for this to be brought back up? >> well, there was some indication before the election that they didn't have all of their interviews wrapped up, and that they were going to wait until after the election. it's not totally surprising, because you see this sometimes with prosecutors where they don't want to appear to be too political, so they wait until perhaps after an election. so they don't have one side or the other accusing them of doing this to throw an election to the other side. >> let's have a listen to what the former governor said in the press conference yesterday. >> -- falsely and wrongfully accused in his public service has been wrongfully attacked. >> now, we've heard that from him before, right? >> yeah. and i think that's part of what his legal defense is going to be. whether or not this is actually a case that prosecutors are going to wins still up in the air. i mean, an indi
the gifts but said they were loans repaid in full and with interest. the other key player is johnny williams sr., the dietary supplementary exec who gave the gifts hoping for favors in return. remember, this is a federal indictment against the mcdonnells. they did not break any laws in the state of virginia. one recent survey shows 90% of respondents want tougher campaign finance laws. 90% want tougher anti-corruption laws. with us at the table is john stanton, the perfect guy to talk about this crazy story that the cycle team has been debating and talking about all day long. it reminds me that politics is a multimillion game. and you can see this directly in congress if you look at the reality of 268 lawmaker that is have an average net worth topping 1 million. that was in the year of 2012. and in campaign for america's future, i think puts it perfectly. this is what they write. wealth is not a qualifier for public service nor should it be, but it should never be a prerequisite for government service. unfortunately today in the crash driven system, it usually is. only the wealthy can afford
between the mcdonnells and johnny williams, the donor went. it seems to me this is a case when you see it with politicians and congressman davis touched on it and i thought said it the right way, which is politicians spend a lot of time around very wealthy people. sometimes, in bob mcdonnell's face, they the politicians themselves are not wealthy. but there's a line between a relationship with a donor and crossing that line where you feel as though this relationship, the lifestyle that this person is helping you maintain, that that's right. and it seems clear that bob mcdonnell and his wife were way on the wrong side of that line. and i think by the time bob mcdonnell sort of realized it or it became public, it was far too late to save his political career. >> eugene, there's an excerpt here that i want to show of maureen mcdonnell's e-mail to a senior mcdonnell staff member. "i need answers and bob is screaming about the thousands i'm charging up in credit card debt. we are broke. have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already and this inaugural is killing us." >> it sounds
on with the businessman johnny williams. tell us about some of that. >> yeah, what emerged from the indictment is a picture of a couple, experiencing life in extremes. on the one hand they were experiencing some obvious but not known to the public financial distress. they had invested heavily in real estate during the financial boom and were having trouble making payments. they want to this man, mr. williams to help them out of a bind when they were having trouble making payments on homes that they had purchased. but on the other hand there was a real desire for luxury items. the first lady bought all kinds of things on a new york city shopping spree, louis vuitton shoe, oscar de la renta dresses. the governor and his sons went golfing at exclusive golf clubs in the richmond area charging thousands of dollars to mr. williams. so you really see two sides of this couple. >> woodruff: and when the indictment talks about official actions taken in is behalf, what are they talking about? what are they saying the former governor did? >> they outline a number of things the governor did. the governor a
called johnny williams. the meat of the case involves loans including a shopping trip in new york city. a $15,000 check described as a wedding gift apparently for one of the daughters. a rolex watch with the words governor of virginia inscribed in the back, golfing trips. things given allegedly in exchange for their help in promoting the company star scientific and products. the governor issued a statement saying i regret accepting legal gifts and loans from mr. williams all of which have been paid with interest and repeats i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe was his personal generosity and friendship. this indictment has been expected for a long time. i can tell you the acting u.s. attorney in this case is a tough one, dana boente in on a number of cases including prosecution of former new orleans representative william jefferson. a big problem for him because there is always the question which has been raised so many times of willful blindness, knowing about a thing but turning the other way. so as this case progresses that will be sure to come up. >
from johnny williams, the ceo of a dietary supplement company. had four years in office. virginia law limits governors to one term. moments, a discussion of terrorist threats to the winter olympics in russia. in a little more than an hour, the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, retired admiral mike mullen, talks about how the debt affects national security. after that, the swearing-in of new good -- of new jersey governor chris christie. on c-span tomorrow includes the 44 -- the 41st annual march for life from the national mall in washington. at 2:30 p.m., health secretary kathleen sibelius is expected to provide an update on the affordable care act. >> did i feel prepared? yes. , so it did noted make that much difference. i did notice the difference between being the vice president's wife and the president's wife was huge because the vice residence wife could play anything. nobody cares. the minute you say one thing as the president's wife, you have made the news. that was what i had to learn. >> watch our program on first lady barbara bush at our website , c-span.org. or
,000 in gifts and loans from one person johnny williams the former ceo of the virginia-based company star scientific, a manufacturer of dietary supplements. the two men met when mcdonnell was running for governor in 2009, and the money started flowing soon afterwards. according to a 43-page indictment williams gave governor mcdonald and his wife free flights on his private jet and shopping sprees worth tens of thousands of dollars. williams even paid for the catering at the governor's daughter's wedding and bought the governor a $6,500 rolex at maureen's request. in exchange the indictment says, virginia's first couple performed official actions on an as-needed basis to legitimize promote, and obtain research studies for star scientific's products. it wasn't that long ago that mcdonnell was considered a rising republican star and possible presidential candidate in 2016. >> i think it would be very difficult for governor mcdonnell to run for the president in 2016 because of the indictment but you never know. stranger things have happened in politics. >> reporter: t
of value from a guy named johnny williams, who was the ceo of a dietary supplement company that was called star scientific. these alleged gifts also included $15,000 paid to a former chef at virginia's executive mansion named todd schneider to cater the wedding of a mcdonnell daughter. schneider came under investigation by the state police for taking food from the mansion and ended up pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of embezzlement. that wasn't the beginning of his problems. a whole host of questions involving him and his wife apparently have now ended up in an indictment, and we are at this stage still looking to see the language and what specifically is charged with. but we do know it involves an allegation of accepting illegal gifts, brooke. >> i know you'll be working it tonight. we'll look for information here on the now former governor of virginia and wife indicted. joe, thank you very much. >>> coming up next, the super bowl all of two weeks away. and guess what. the winner may indicate how well the stock market will do this year. we'll explain that. >>> plus, they were st
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